2017 is quickly shaping up to be the year of Huawei. The Chinese company has reported that in the first three quarters of this year, they have shipped over 100 million phones. That is a 19% year-on-year increase which by any measure is impressive.
That growth has also raised the company’s revenue by some 30% through September 2017.
Huawei has cemented their claim to the number two phone brand in the world with these figures. Back in the summer, the company passed Apple to take the #2 position behind Samsung and they are closing the gap to the top spot – but it is a big gap.
They company has a wide portfolio of devices in the market, be it their recently announced flagship Mate 10 device or their more entry and mid-market devices under the Honor brand. The company is pushing in all of the right areas with their software development too with Artificial Intelligence deeply embedded in the company’s Android build, EMUI 8.0.
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In the ever increasingly crowded world of 2-in-1 Windows 10 PCs, there seems to be a large gap between the have’s and the have not’s. The have’s are the Microsoft Surface Pro devices of the world with top-end specs but equally, have an impressive price tags.
The have not’s are the $200-300 devices with subpar displays that are usually around 10″, powered by Atom processor and have 64GB or maybe 128GB if you are lucky.
The problem is the gap between $300 and $1200+ dollars. There are not a lot of choices and the choices that are there generally are lacking in some area. Huawei, for their part, is trying to fill the gap.
The Huawei Matebook was released last year and it remains one of the best 2-in-1 Windows 10 hybrid devices on the market. Powered by the Intel m series processors with ample RAM and storage, the Matebook has a lot going for it and is one to consider, as I did, when you are looking for one of these style of devices. The Matebook isn’t perfect as I’ll cover in this review but it is certainly the solid foundation that Huawei needs in order to penetrate the Windows 10 PC market here in the US and globally.
We know that the Huawei Mate 10 is coming in a few weeks but images of the Mate 10 Pro, the top end version of the phone, have been scarce. It seems that Evan Blass has the answer once again. He took to Twitter in the wee hours of Sunday to post images of the upcoming Pro version of the phone.
While the phone is being referred to as the Mate 10 Pro, that’s more or less a distinction from the expected Mate 10 Lite that is to also be announced later this month. Whether Huawei actually calls it the Pro is to be seen.
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Huawei continues to make huge strides in the smartphone market and their surge over the course of 2017 continues. Counterpoint, a global technology research firm, has just released their latest Market Pulse for July 2017. In that report, the Chinese manufacture has jumped over Apple to take the number two position in global smartphone sales percentage. Perhaps even more impressive in this is the fact that they made this jump without a “hero” device like Apple’s iPhone 7 or Samsung’s Galaxy S8.
Samsung is by far the leader in smartphone sales percentage globally with just over 20%.
The July report from Counterpoint is the fifth consecutive month of gains in market share by Huawei and they have distanced themselves from others in the highly competitive Chinese manufacturing market. Still, as the report points out, the risk to Huawei is their over dependence of their home market and expansion into Europe and North America will need to happen for them to hold on to that 2nd place solidly.
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With shipments of 21 million phones in the first quarter of 2017, Huawei has claimed the top sales position in China according to a report from Canalys. The sales and positive response to the new P10, P10 Plus and Mate 9 from the company bolstered them and allowed them to get to the top. It wasn’t, however, a big margin of victory if you will. Oppo, who was number one, dropped to second with 20 million units sold while third place went to Vivo. They shipped 17 million units in the quarter. The top three therefore shipped 57 million of the 114 million smartphones that were shipped in the quarter, claiming 50% of the market between them.
That 114 million units shipped in Q1 is an increase of 9% over the same period last year.
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One of the more popular and well designed Android Wear watches of the past couple of years has been the Huawei Watch. The watch, which is still readily available, has outstanding specs, comes in a variety of styles and most of them were priced reasonably well (there are a few higher end luxury models too). It seems fitting then that the Huawei Watch is one of the first watches already out there to get the Android Wear 2.0 update. The update has started rolling out to owners and while it will take a few days (or even weeks) for everyone to get it, know that the update is coming and bringing all the new features of 2.0 with it. It should be noted that the roll out is very limited right now and only a few people have reported seeing it. The official statement from Huawei is that it will be out at the end of the month – but clearly it is either leaked or being rolled out slowly.
If you haven’t kept up, Wear 2.0 brings a lot of changes to the user experience, stand alone apps, Material Design, improvements in the use of Wi-Fi and sensors and Messaging. It is a significant
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Huawei has become the latest manufacture to indicate which of their phones will be receiving the Android Nougat update. The news is certainly good for those who have purchased one of their flagship devices over the course of the last 18 months or so and it means that starting in the first quarter of next year, updates should be rolling out. As for the list, it’s all the ones you would hope for and expect to get the update:
- Huawei Mate 8
- Huawei P9
- Huawei P9 Plus
- Huawei P9 lite
- Huawei Nova
- Huawei Nova Plus
The update will come via the EMUI 5.0 update which is Huawei’s Android UI and flavor of Android. EMUI 5.0 shipped with the Mate 8 and P9 so those devices are already running Nougat.
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